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The Hitchhiker's Guide to electing a Speaker of the House

by JP Bill / January 9, 2015 3:15 AM PST

Posted because I think some are confused about "the rules"

The Hitchhiker's Guide to electing a Speaker of the House

-Reps. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) have offered up their names as alternatives to Boehner. We don't know if they will officially be nominated or simply receive votes from the rank-and-file. There could be votes for other candidates as well.

-The Speaker must receive an "outright majority" of the House in order to win. That means, it isn't enough just to have a plurality or "greater number." The winner must have more than half of all votes cast.

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